No atmosphere for CA polls: Rana

Pokhara, August 18:

Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Pashupati SJB Rana today accused the government of not creating a minimum atmosphere for constituent assembly polls.

Speaking at a press conference organised by the RPP’s Kaski chapter here, Rana

said that the government has failed to maintain security for the polls.

“The Home Ministry’s silence at a time when CDOs are being beaten up frequently by the cadres of a ruling party clarifies that there is no atmosphere for the CA polls,” he said, adding, “How can the polls be held at a time when the CDOs themselves are not secure?” He said his party has done adequate preparations for the polls. Accusing the government of not being responsible for resolving the Tarai problem, Rana argued that the preparations done for the CA polls would be meaningless if the Tarai problem was not resolved.

Stating that the party’s convention would be held soon, he said that the party would go to the polls with the agendas passed by the convention. He said that the convention would solve all the issues, including the demand for a republic. “Out of 35 members in the central committee, 10 have demanded to opt for a republic,” he said.

Objecting to the Maoists’ demand of declaring the state a republic before the CA polls, he said: “No one can deprive the people’s right to choose at a time when decision has already been taken to decide the fate of monarchy by the first meeting of the CA.”

Asked about formation a front of those parties having inclination to the king, he said that no attempt has been made for the same.

Saying that the recent attacks on media are condemnable, Rana blamed the government for not providing security to the media organisations.